How China's Newest Mobile Operator is Standing its Ground in the 5G Market

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By Jake Saunders | 3Q 2021 | IN-6272


5G Network Expected to Reach Nationwide Coverage Within Two Years


China’s newest entrant in the mobile operator market, China Broadcasting Network (CBN), is collaborating with China Mobile to deploy 400,000 5G base stations in the 700 MHz band (2x30 MHz) this year. The investment costs for network construction, renovation, and expansion would be shared equally by the two carriers. China Mobile would be providing operation, maintenance, and backhaul services, and CBN would be charged upon an agreed fee. CBN’s 5G SA commercial services started in May 2020. By leveraging China Mobile’s existing radio access network investments and knowledge, as well as the incumbent’s 2.6 GHz network, it allows CBN to deploy its commercial 5G network more efficiently. The mobile operator plans to deploy its services domestically, spanning across 16 cities, including Shanghai and Beijing, and has stated that its network would have a particular focus on audio-visual multicast and unicast services to cater to customers that also subscribe to its cable TV service. Through the shared radio access network infrastructure…

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